Automation is everywhere we look. The once futuristic idea only seen in movies like iRobot and WALL-E is now a part of our everyday lives. We have self-driving cars from Tesla and automated vacuums we call Roombas. In fact, 8.2 million people have conversations with a black cylinder named Alexa.
Automation isn’t coming; it’s here. It’s in our homes, it’s in our streets, and it’s even become an integral part of warehouse operations across the world.
Often, the first thing that comes to mind when considering new trends in engineering is technological innovation. Technology creates new and improved ways to maximize potential.
It’s constantly transforming the engineering industry, introducing us to innovative ideas, making jobs safer and more efficient, and surfacing insights to unlimited data and information. Below we discuss four of the top technology trends every design engineer should know.
This past week more than 50,000 attendees and 1,700 exhibitors met in Chicago for the 35th annual FABTECH Exposition. The “one-stop-shop” event brings together suppliers and the latest industry developments related to metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing needs.
Rapid, effective innovation is crucial for any engineer’s future, but it can be difficult when there is little time to keep up with daily industry news and advancements. Any time saving technique helps.
Luckily, social media offers an efficient way to keep up with industry best practices, breaking news, design competition announcements and more. LinkedIn and Twitter are teeming with resources for engineers, and if you follow the right accounts and groups, your feeds will always be full of information you can digest on the go.
Read on to discover the most fruitful engineering Twitter accounts to follow and LinkedIn groups to join so you never fall behind.
Burgeoning technologies, healthy markets and innovation are all responsible for 2014 being a good year for U.S. manufacturing. According to the December 2014 Manufacturing ISM Report On Business, manufacturing continues to experience growth.
Product lifecycle management (PLM) integrates information, people and processes, inviting opportunity for greater internal communication and collaboration.
In order to exchange product data efficiently, you must implement strategies to help engineers, salespeople, shop floor professionals and anyone else involved in the PLM process to collaborate.
“Lean” is more than a buzzword—especially for many of the manufacturers who put the production philosophy into practice to improve internal systems and processes.
The main principle behind lean manufacturing is to reduce waste of any kind—wasted energy, inventory, resources and time. By cutting out excess waste, manufacturers can decrease operational costs, increase efficiencies and maintain output quality.
The modern manufacturing engineer needs to be agile. Why? Shrinking product lifecycles, supply chain complexity and increasing demands give engineers less time to bring products to market.
Forced to do more with fewer resources, agile engineers rely on technology to solve a variety of challenges across all aspects of production. Below, we highlight four software programs that help agile engineers make the most of every minute.
According to Gartner Forecast data, mobile app stores will see annual downloads reach 268 billion in 2017, with total revenues of $77 billion. Beyond mobile apps, engineering software vendors see an opportunity to store data for their customers on the cloud for easier storage and backup, automation and collaboration.
Supply chain performance is imperative to a company’s success. Supply chain excellence is determined by the effectiveness and coordination of elements that move a product from supplier to customer: inventory, facilities, transportation and data.